The Conversation Project brings people together to talk about their beliefs and experiences around timely and important issues and ideas.
Oregon Humanities partners with community organizations, small and large nonprofits, universities, community colleges, government agencies, corporations, and others around the state to host Conversation Project programs.
It works like this: Organizations apply to host a program on a topic from our Conversation Project catalog and receive resources such as communications materials, program descriptions, evaluations and other to support each stage of the program. An Oregon Humanities facilitator leads a ninety-minute conversation in the organization's community that gets participants talking with each other as a way to reflect on and learn about important issues and ideas.
Our goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. By creating intentional spaces for conversation, people and groups explore why they think what they do, share stories with one another that build trust, and make stronger connections and commitments to the issues that affect their communities.
Conversation Projects events differ from lecture- or presentation-based community events. Rather than attending to learn from a presenter, participants are invited to engage with and talk with each other.
To find upcoming Conversation Project programs in your area, visit our online calendar.
If you’re interested in hearing about opportunities to be a Conversation Project facilitator, sign up to receive our enewsletter. We’ll send information about upcoming events and opportunities once a month.
Questions? Contact Mikaela Schey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 241-0543, ext. 110.
The Conversation Project is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Kinsman Foundation, NW Natural, and The Standard.